Abby Aldrich Rockefeller: The Woman in the Family

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9780394569758: Abby Aldrich Rockefeller: The Woman in the Family

The first complete biography of Abby Rockefeller, founder of the Museum of Modern Art and the woman who shaped the character and destiny of one of America's most powerful families.

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Nelson's beloved mother (1874-1948) was just as fascinating as he, though considerably less driven. Abby Aldrich's relaxed, worldly attitude differed markedly from the rigid Baptist views of the Rockefellers. Yet she handled her in-laws with aplomb, and her shy, reserved husband, John D. Jr., adored her. While keeping him happy, she pursued her own interests as a pioneering champion of both modern and folk art, helping to found the Museum of Modern Art in 1929. Kert's elegant, perceptive biography does full justice to a warm-hearted, lovable woman.

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“[An] engrossing, psychologically perceptive portrait...absorbing reading.”
—USA Today

“Kert’s penetrating close-up captures not only a remarkable personality but the suffocating nuances of post-Victorian matrimony....[Readers] will relish Abby’s refusal to be pigeonholed....Kert has had the good judgment to explore the family correspondence—and the good fortune to strike gold there.”
—Los Angeles Times

“Well-wrought...Kert, despite all her exhaustive research, happily lets her subject retain all of her formidable vitality and independence....A splendidly intelligent, very readable portrait of a woman who was as wise in the rearing of her family as in the spending of her great wealth.”
—Kirkus Reviews

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